Canon Announces EOS-1 DX Mark III DSLR

January 6, 2020

By David Alexander Willis

The Canon EOS-1 DX Mark III, first teased during PhotoPlus last October and now announced in full during CES, is the latest, and possibly the last, flagship DSLR for the Canon EF mount. To be delivered in mid-February, the EOS-1 DX Mark III offers faster processing, improved autofocus as well as internal Wi-Fi lacking in its predecessor, the EOS-1 D X Mark II.

Last year saw only one DSLR release from Canon (or anyone), the Canon EOS Rebel SL3, an APS-C model. The previous year was little better with only the Nikon D3500, Pentax K1 Mark II, Canon Rebel T7 and Canon 4000D. The latter three were introduced in the first financial quarter of 2018.

Though the camera will have built-in wireless through Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, a $649 WFT-E9 wireless file transmitter has also been just been announced, with delivery planned in mid-February.

Externally, the body is nearly identical to the EOS-1 D X Mark II. The EOS-1 DX Mark III adds only a larger autofocus button.

The new camera adds internal Wi-Fi, which the Mark II was lacking. A lower energy Bluetooth access point gives app controls and wireless transfer of files at less battery consumption.

The Ethernet output will be capable of twice the transfer rates over the EOS-1 D X Mark II. The first Canon still camera with dual CFexpress card slots, the camera will have video features that are promised to be the best available in a DSLR.

Canon Log allows users to record 4K and 1080p video files with up to 12 stops of High Dynamic Range and wide exposure latitude, making it simple to coordinate color settings with other Canon cameras in multi-camera set-ups.

The HDMI terminal can be used to transmit 4K 60p data to another device for display or external recording. Dual Pixel CMOS AF for video have 3869 manually selectable AF positions and 525 automatic AF areas.

Autofocus has seen several improvements. An A.I. deep-learning library of tracking information and other autofocus enhancements including a faster 20 fps burst with full AF/AE in Live View as well as an improved 16 fps available via the viewfinder.

Canon has redesigned the AF sensor 191-point AF system in the viewfinder with 155-point all cross-type points and a square pixel design to make the AF sensor “28x higher resolution at the center area.” The new optical viewfinder has reduced time lag and image blackout following an exposure, too.

DIGIC X is capable of up to approximately 3.1x the image processing and 380x Dual CMOS AF processing performance compared to the previous dual DIGIC 6+ found in the EOS-1D X Mark II.

The concurrently announced WFT-E9 transmitter adds extended range plus a more robust signal for wireless access to the EOS-1 DX Mark III.

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